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Friday Morning and Noon Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday mornings and lunchtimes throughout the semester. The first ones are on Feb. 2 and the last ones on May 4 (except note there are two back-to-back six-week seminars on iPhones and iPads). There are no seminars on March 23 or 30.

There are two kinds of morning and noon seminars (read the descriptions carefully):

NOTE: Contact information for leaders is NOT included below for privacy reasons. You will be able to find phone numbers and emails for the leaders when you go to online registration or you can call the office at (916) 278-7834.

Each seminar has a Style immediately following its name, defined as follows:

American Leadership (D)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Calaveras 123
Online registration only

Harry Cohen

The liberal order that America led the way in creating since 1945 is being dismantled. We will discuss how this is happening and how American lives will ultimately be affected. Additionally, we will seek to understand the present administration's goals and how America can simultaneously address other critical issues. We will analyze America's foundational documents, traditional values, presidential leadership, media, globalization, trade agreements, authoritarianism, populism, foreign policy, national security, et al. Specific topics will be supported by the instructor emailing articles and with class discussions.

This class is canceled due to death of the leader! Bend, Breathe and Balance (A/S)
11 to 11:45 a.m., Shasta 132
Drop-in; no registration required

Bobby Gladstein

The seminar combines yoga, Pilates and exercises to develop mobility as you age. Gentle exercise is proven to strengthen the body as it improves brain function. Participants are encouraged to "listen" to their bodies as they move. Brain teasers, which require thinking while doing a balance sequence, can elicit giggles as the feet and brain are not always in tune. After the workout the class ends with a period of relaxation.

Cracker Barrel (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Calaveras 141
Drop-in, no registration required

Richard Sickert, Susanne Coleman, Per Ostlund

A weekly year-around discussion group that encourages dialogue on current topics of interest: social, political, economic, international and/or intergenerational.  An exchange of viewpoints by participating members is encouraged.

Documentaries (D)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tahoe 1003
Drop-in; no registration required

George and Claire Roper

The documentaries presented will be quite varied. Some will be educational and-or maddening, others will be heartwarming and-or enlightening, but all will be entertaining. Watch for the titles and descriptions in the Renaissance Recorder or get the Schedule here.. This is a drop-in seminar. No sign-up or presentation is required but participation in discussions is encouraged.

Easy Magic Tricks For Grandparents (P)
11 to 11:50 a.m., Brighton 104
Drop in; no registration required

Harry Mossman, Gregory Herrera

Magic tricks are a great way for grandparents to entertain, teach their grandchildren fun skills, and convince the kids that grandma or grandpa is cool. Many tricks are also great for keeping your mind sharp. Field trip to Grand Illusions magic store. Each self-contained class covers a separate topic, which will be announced in the Wednesday Renaissance email. Drop in whenever a topic interests you.

Are Humans Causing Global Warming? A Contrarian's View (L)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Riverside 1004
Online registration only

James Parker

Often only one side of this question is presented, namely that global warming is scientifically proven and that humans are the cause. This seminar will present the other side, wherein some scientists assert that global warming is not occurring or, if it is, human activity is not the cause. This is the view held by the seminar leader. Members are encouraged to present opposing views using scientific facts and opinions. All views will be respected. Reading materials and documentaries will be provided. No presentations are required but may be given. Registration is required. 

Great Books Discussion Group (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 4005
Contact leader; no online registration

John Quattrin, Pam Flohr

Our reading selections will be taken from Great Conversations 5, Great Conversations 6, and Great Books Science Fiction Omnibus, as well as reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin. We use the shared inquiry method of discussion originated by the Great Books founders. Our group usually meets two to three Friday mornings per month. Currently, the seminar is full with waiting list only.

Intermediate Spanish: Speaking And Reading (P)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Alpine 205
Contact leader; no online registration

Melody Flores

This seminar provides a casual atmosphere to support and develop existing intermediate level Spanish speaking and reading skills. Participants will share in reading aloud and translating from selected reading materials. Then there will be exercises to practice conversational skills. There will be books to purchase: one or two novelas at about $7 each and a grammar textbook available to be purchased on Amazon new or used. This is a participation seminar. It is limited to 12 in order to provide optimal time for each participant.

iPhone Basics (L)
9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Alpine 204 NOTE: Room change!
Seminar meets first six weeks: Feb. 2 to March 9!
Online registration only

Jeff Hendy, Tom Holt

Got yourself a new iPhone and it's stumping you? Or you've had one for a while and you're still flummoxed? This seminar will consist of different basics topics each week, using demonstrations and hands-on work. Topics will include display and controls, gestures, making and receiving calls, Photos and Camera, iCloud, Notifications, Messages, Siri, Calendar and Contacts. No experience needed, but participants should have iOS11 on their phones, an Apple ID and password and have email set up on their iPhone. Registration required.

iPad Basics (L)
9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Alpine 204 NOTE: Room change!
Seminar meets second six weeks: March 16 to May 4!
Online registration only

Carol Dabrowiak, Melissa Green

Learn how to take advantage of all the features on your iPad. This six-week seminar will teach you the basics: Settings, Control Center, Notifications, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Notes, Maps, Photos and more. There will be time for hands-on practice and group discussion. This seminar is for beginners or anyone wanting to improve their iPad skills. Participants will need an Apple ID and password and have email set up on their device.

Ken Burns' The Vietnam War (D)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Library 3023
Drop in; no registration required

Allan Keown

This seminar, the fifth in a series reviewing Burns' filmography, will deal with his Fall 2017 series on Vietnam. Each Friday will feature one of the 10 episodes, with two dates to be determined by the seminar participants.  These two might include showing other films, lectures, field trips or book discussions.  This will be a drop-in seminar, but hopefully there will be a core group of participants that will create and carry an experience appropriate to the subject matter. Those who watched some of this series on PBS are encouraged to attend and share their reflections "the second time through." Get the schedule here.  

Knitting And Crochet Group (A/S)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 3007
Drop in; no registration required

Coby Bonner, Barbara Kletzman

Grab your project, knitting, crochet or other needle craft, and come to the knitting group on Friday mornings. Bring your unfinished projects or new ones and join us. You can work on your own project, a charity item, or a blanket for the next grandchild. All levels of knitters are welcome. Come to stitch and chat and join others who are willing to share their expertise.

Mankind's Greatest Engineering Achievements (L)
9 to 11 a.m., Yosemite 127
Drop in; no registration required

Richard Dabrowiak

From building colossal pyramids in ancient Egypt to erecting modern skyscrapers, mankind's greatest engineering marvels are documented through the ages. This video-based seminar will clarify how and why these incredible megastructures were built. Class discussions and supplemental information will reveal basic engineering principles used in the design and construction process, enabling seminar participants to better appreciate the challenges involved. Participation in discussions is encouraged. Get the schedule here.

Meditation Practice (L)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Brighton 114
Online registration only

Gail Reed

This ongoing informal meditation practice seminar will continue to discuss and explore a variety of spiritual practices. Open class discussion and participation are encouraged and welcome. The seminar will focus on awakening awareness beyond the mind. We will explore a variety of spiritual traditions, contemporary teachers and meditation/mindful techniques. This seminar will include guided imagery, chanting, drumming and just resting in stillness. We will also discuss several of the old spiritual writings, for example the Tao de Ching and the Bhagavad Gita. Each meeting will have several practice meditations. Printing fee is $5 per semester for handouts. Registration is required. Limited by classroom size to 40.

Mini-Seminars (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1522
Drop-in, no registration required

Beth Mann, Ed Speegle

Each week we feature a different speaker on fascinating diverse topics of general interest.  Watch for each week's topic on the Wednesday Renaissance email to members or get get the Schedule here..

Outsmart Your Brain 2.0, a Followup to OSYB 1.0 (L)
10 a.m. to 12 noon, Brighton 202
Online registration only

Joe Grant, Doris Keller

This seminar follows the Fall seminar by the same name. Both discuss brain training for transitions or happiness. Training your subconscious can be fun and very practical, e.g., improving memory and other daily energies. The ""nner self" IS subject to our conscious control IF we practice, and anyone can improve. We'll further develop a path of change: Purpose/Motivation, Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills, Habits, and Vision, six brain functions that can be cycled twice in the 12 weeks. We will build further on learning exciting new goals for a better YOU. Bring your brain! Outsmart Your Brain! Lecture, Discussion, Voluntary Projects. No homework.

Seminar Leader Training (P,L)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., AIRC 3009
Online registration only

Marian Kile, Kathleen Beasley,

This one-hour seminar is designed to provide encouragement, teaching tools and skill enhancement for experienced, new or potential seminar leaders.  It is led by two experienced seminar leaders; topics to be covered include: 1) selecting a topic, conducting research and structuring a successful seminar; 2) identifying the seminar style that fits your topic, personality and skills;  3) technical training in the effective use of classroom electronics; and 4) making seminar leadership an enjoyable experience for both you and your students. Bring your topic ideas and your questions or doubts. Plan to participate at a level that makes you comfortable. Registration required.

This is Sinatra! The Artistry of an American Idol (L)
10 a.m. to 12 noon, Alpine 148
Online registration only

Mike Agron

This leader-led and discussion-based seminar celebrates the art of Sinatra's career in radio, records, TV, concerts and movies. Discover the techniques, composers, lyricists, arrangers and musicians that made this charismatic singer known first as The Voice, then the Chairman of the Board and finally Ol' Blue Eyes. Watch rare performances with other greats such as Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Elvis, the Rat Pack and more. Whether you're a long-time Sinatra fan or are curious to better understand what made Sinatra "Sinatra," grab a front-row seat for a behind-the-scenes musical journey.

Transitions: What Will I Do with the Rest of My Life? (D)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Riverside 1015
Online registration only

Ken Cross

Who am I? Why am I here? What’s my life's purpose? How do I live in balance: mind/body/spirit, relationships, retirement/avocation, fun/leisure? What does my heart tell me to do with my life? Whether retired or approaching retirement, help design the Next Chapter of your life. Reconnect with your talents, skills, aptitudes and abilities for your new life's path. Tap into your wisdom and experience to live a rich, fun, meaningful and purposeful life. Share your gifts making a difference through service. Using film, books, exercises, discussion, expert speakers and introspection, start visioning and living this new life's chapter!

Travel And Adventure (P)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1533
Drop-in, no registration required

Richard Peter, Terry Moss

The sharing of travel experiences serves as an excellent aid in assuring pleasant and successful trips throughout the world. Others' experiences—good and bad—can help take much of the mystery and hassle out of travel adventures. In this seminar, members meet informally to share experiences, listen to speakers on travel subjects and perhaps find a travel companion. Attendance is limited to the number of seats available. Get the Schedule here.

Lunchtime Activities

Android Basics (D)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 111
Drop-in, no registration required

Carol Limbaga, Victoria Star

This is an Android Smartphone drop-in support group. We help one-on-one, hands-on with YOUR cell phone. Discuss your BASIC usage: phone features, settings, make and receive calls, contact info, voice mail, message/text, delete, email, camera, phone apps and play store. We want YOUR basic questions! Get the Schedule here.

Android Smartphone Intermediate (D)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 110
Drop-in, no registration required

Craig McCulloch

This is the Intermediate level of Android smartphone and tablet support and drop-in clinic. It supplements the Beginning Android drop-in seminar with instruction and assistance beyond basic phone operation on more advanced topics. Questions from students are encouraged. Topics will vary by class interest and may include: changing settings to meet user needs, installing and deleting applications (apps), adding and deleting contacts, sending text messages, web browsing, using camera and video, connecting to Wi-Fi, using maps and GPS, and other applications. Get the Schedule here.

Ballroom Dancing (A/S)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Yosemite 183
Online registration only

Richard Kowaleski

Ballroom dancing is hot! Beginners learn the basics and experienced dancers go beyond, all in the same lesson. No partner required. Richard is an accomplished dance instructor and dance host who shows you easy-to-learn moves that look great on the dance floor. His unique teaching method and delightful sense of humor put you at ease so you can quickly learn while also having fun. A noontime favorite for years. Check it out!

Gentle Yoga (A/S)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Yosemite 187
Drop-in, no registration required

Terri Gray

Yoga is increasingly popular for its physical and mental benefits. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning "to yoke" (body + mind + spirit = Holistic). This class begins with a short mindfulness meditation followed by gentle yoga postures to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles by using your own body weight, and the ever-important balancing poses. Class ends with a longer meditation/relaxation session. Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat (inexpensive mats are available at Target, Ross, etc.). Terri has taught this seminar for several Renaissance semesters and received the yoga instructor certification in 2011. Please contact Terri with any questions.